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Friday with Ian Skelly - Schubert Trout Quintet, Niamh Cusack, Marie Curie

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus actor Niamh Cusack reveals her cultural inspirations.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Each day this week the actor Niamh Cusack, currently starring as Lady Macbeth with the RSC in Stratford, reveals the cultural influences that have inspired and shaped her life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in D flat major, Op 28 No 15, 'Raindrop'

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Perahia Plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Partenope (Overture)

    Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Hugo Alfvén


    Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin. Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz.
    • CPO.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona seconda à 6

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • King's College.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, Op 34 No 14

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
    • Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works: Sydney SO, Ashkenazy.
    • Exton.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in F major for piano duet, K 497 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Performer: Justus Frantz.
    • Mozart: Music for Piano Duet: Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Guitar Concerto, Op 67

    Performer: John Williams. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
  • Henry Purcell

    O Sing unto the Lord

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Singer: Peter Harvey. Singer: Christopher Purves. Singer: Julian Podger. Singer: Susan Hemington Jones. Singer: Charles Daniels. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • The All Baroque-Box: from Monteverdi to Bach.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 15.
  • Time Traveller: Marie Curie's Cookbooks by Helen Arney

  • André Cardinal Destouches

    Les éléments (Chaconne)

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff. Performer: Lars Vogt. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3.
    • Ondine.
    • 1-3.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Elegiac Melody for strings, Op 34 No 1

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • The Best of The Academy.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Song without Words, Op 2 No 4

    Performer: Dinorah Varsi.
    • GENUIN.
  • John Harle

    How should I my true love know? (The Three Ravens)

    Performer: John Harle. Performer: Alexander Bălănescu. Singer: Sarah Leonard.
    • Argo.
  • John Dowland

    My Lady Hunsdons Puffe

    Performer: Nigel North.
    • Dowland: Lute Music, Vol. 1 - Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits: North.
    • Naxos.
  • Nimh Cusack on her love of Shostakovich's Symphony No.5

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47 (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Vassily Petrenko. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Valse carnavalesque for two pianos, Op 73

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • J.S. Bach: Orchestral Music: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Elegy (King Christian II Suite, Op 27)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • The Sibelius Edition Vol.5: Theatre Music.
    • Bis.
    • 1.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Caprice Viennois Op.2

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Performer: Lambert Orkis.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation - Part 2: conclusion

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Toby Spence. Singer: Genia Kühmeier. Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Haydn: Die Schöpfung.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 204.


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